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Webster's Dictionary 1828 - Online Edition

Webster's Dictionary 1828

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Despotism

DESPOTISM, noun

1. Absolute power; authority unlimited and uncontrolled by men, constitution or laws, and depending alone on the will of the prince; as the despotism of a Turkish sultan.

2. An arbitrary government, as that of Turkey and Persia.